Seven Taliban set free in Pakistani peace bid

Names on list OK’d by Afghanistan

Posted: September 8, 2013 at 5:37 a.m.

A Pakistani Taliban militant watches movement on the main road of Shawal in the tribal region of North Waziristan. Thousands of militants in the region bordering Afghanistan are reportedly training for a possible civil war in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw.

More than a dozen Taliban prisoners, some of them prominent figures, were released by Pakistan and Afghanistan with no guarantees that they would not rejoin the insurgency, officials said Saturday. Pakistani officials said that they were releasing seven Taliban prisoners to facilitate the peace process, while Afghan officials said they had requested the releases and welcomed the move.

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